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God will never forget

Hillcrest-Church-picPastor Kristi J. Rhodes  

Hillcrest Community Church of God

5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI 49319

 

Greetings Cedar Springs!

God will never become distracted, preoccupied or neglectful toward one of His children. God said in Isaiah 49:15 that it would be more likely for a nursing mother to forget her infant child at her breast than for Him to forget one of His children! A mother’s senses are so in tune with her child, she knows when her child needs her even if they are in another room. A loving mother knows when it’s time to feed or care for her baby. God said surely it’s possible for her to forget yet I will not forget you.

It is so perfect that God chose this example to describe how He looks after His people, for He is more sensitive to the needs of His children than even the most loving mother. He anticipates every cry for help. Even before we can call out in need, God is already responding with His answer (Isaiah 65:24). This has to be one of the most comforting promises God has given to us, that He will never forget us!

Don’t let the difficult circumstances you are facing convince you that God has forgotten you. Don’t ever assume that God is more concerned with the needs of other, more significant, more spiritual people than He is with yours. Scripture teaches that God looks upon you with the same love, interest, and concern as a nursing mother would look upon her infant. It should reassure you to know that your Father loves you like that. Our motivation for all our actions must be that kind of love.

With that kind of love—unconditional love—not because of what we have done, but because of who He is, how can we not love Him completely? Jesus said, if you love me, you will obey my commands. After all, God’s plans are for our good. His commands are to make life better for us, not to harm us.

Recently I read in 2 Timothy 2:24, “And the servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient.” There should be no quarrelsome Christians. If you find yourself often quarreling with others you need to ask God to clearly reveal your motives and to forgive you for your disobedience to His clear command.

If your motivation for arguing comes from your desire to be right, or to be exonerated, or to gain the esteem of those listening to you, you are acting selfishly, and God will not honor you. God is not interested in how right you are. He is interested in how obedient you are. God’s command is not that you win arguments, but that you are kind and forgiving when others mistreat you. You bring God no honor by winning a dispute in His name, but you reflect a Christlike character when you demonstrate patience to those who mistreat you or misunderstand your motives. Arguing may never win people to your view, but loving them as Christ does will win you many friends over time and may even win some to the Kingdom of God.

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